LLB (The University of Auckland)
After completing his LLB, Don commenced as a Staff Solicitor in a general legal practice and held this position from 1974 to 1978. From 1978 to 1990 he was one of its six Partners and responsible for the firm’s litigation. In 1990 Don commenced on his own account at the firm which is now Wackrow Williams & Davies Limited.
Don is widely experienced, having appeared in all levels of Courts and Tribunals up to the Court of Appeal. Don was the Solicitor for the Ngāti Whātua o Orakei Māori Trust Board and its subsidiaries from 1997 to 2013. In 2013 the Trust Board was terminated and its assets and liabilities transferred by Treaty of Waitangi Settlement legislation to Ngāti Whātua Orakei Trust, the Trust Deed of which Don drafted. Don continues to act for the new Trustee as required, usually on governance matters.
Whilst primarily focused on litigation in the early parts of his legal career, Don always maintained a non-litigation practice which has come to dominate his work over the last fifteen years. Don acts in general practice for families and small to medium-sized businesses. He has experience in commercial property. For example Don acted for residential property developers of up to twenty to twenty-five house sites and a significant commercial developer including all legal work involved in the purchase, financing, construction contract, subdivision, leasing to individual tenants and ultimate sale of a suburban shopping mall having a major lead tenant and forty retail tenants. He also acts for a number of organisations in the not for profit and the health and disability support sectors.
Don has a farming background and he and his brother and sisters have a hill country farm in the King Country.Outside of work, Don enjoys spending time with his family, reading extensively and exploring the outdoors.